To Read is to Fly
“To read is to fly: it is to soar to a point of vantage which
gives a view over wide terrains of history, human variety,
ideas, shared experience and the fruits of many inquiries.”
– A C Grayling, Financial Times
(in a review of A History of Reading by Alberto Manguel)
I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.
– Jorge Luis Borges
There is no frigate like a book
To take us lands away,
Nor any coursers like a page
Of prancing poetry.
This traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of toll;
How frugal is the chariot
That bears a human soul.
– Emily Dickinson
We read to know we’re not alone.
– C.S. Lewis
When I get a little money I buy books;
and if any is left I buy food and clothes.
I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!
How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book!
When I have a house of my own,
I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.
– Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
The ability to read awoke inside me some
long dormant craving to be mentally alive.
– Autobiography of Malcolm X
Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed,
and some few are to be chewed and digested.
– Francis Bacon
To learn to read is to light a fire;
every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.
– Victor Hugo
Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily,
often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.
– Joyce Carol Oates
Reading was my escape and my comfort,
my consolation, my stimulant of choice: reading for the pure pleasure of it,
for the beautiful stillness that surrounds you when you hear an
author’s words reverberating in your head.
– Paul Auster, The Brooklyn Follies
Beetles & Huxley Gallery
12 May through 7 June 2014
Alex Del Piero Gallery
Power of Ten
16 May through 31 August 2014